Lakers coach Walton will monitor LeBron's minutes, plans to use deep rotation

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Luckily, the Lakers do have the best player in the world in LeBron James, and that can help them win any game on any night.

Walton said he is hoping to bring that number down in order to keep his star "fresh" throughout the four-year contract he signed with the Lakers.

Some even view the team as a contender and threat to dethrone the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

But the Lakers have also surrounded the three-time National Basketball Association champion with veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and Javale McGee.

For some fans, LeBron James debuting in Lakers gold is the true beginning of the season. After training camp and preseason, James and company showed what they can eventually become in the highly competitive Western Conference.

Ingram will be starting his third season with the Lakers and where expectations are at the highest of his tenure with the team, primarily due to the addition of LeBron James.

Like most nights for the Lakers, this will certainly be an entertaining matchup. "Especially my rookie year, I was real fast". After years of rebuilding it's finally winning time again but don't expect everything to be seamless right out of the gate.

The LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers will face the tough task of deciding whether to contend for a title this season or give their young core the on-court experience they need to develop as players, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said on Thursday. But once they get comfortable playing with each other I think they are going to be one of the best teams in the West. "I think that's going to create a lot of turmoil".

"I think there's still going to be some more trades that happen".

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